Sheffield cancer patient shortlisted for national award

11 September 2015

A Sheffield man given just months to live in 2001 who went on to raise £200,000 for the hospital that saved his life has been shortlisted for a national award.

John Price, who was treated at Weston Park Hospital, is a finalist in the Pride of Britain Awards. The winner of the award, which is backed by ITV and the Daily Mirror, will be announced in front of a television audience of millions on October 1st.

Fourteen years ago John, a plumbing and heating proprietor, was told he had terminal cancer. He was put on a clinical trial at the hospital with drugs that boosted his immune system. The treatment, which cost £100,000, turned out to be a life saver, as John responded well and was able to see his children grow up.

When John found out the cost he vowed to effectively pay it back to the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity for saving his life.

John, aged 61, who lives in Sandygate, said: “I’m so thrilled to be a finalist for Pride of Britain and honoured to have been nominated by the cancer charity.

“Put very simply, the research study at Weston Park Hospital saved my life and meant that I was able to see my children grow up and now my grandchildren. I will be forever grateful to Weston Park Hospital and this is my motivation to continue to support and fund the groundbreaking research and treatment that happens there every single day.”

John has now raised more than double the amount he pledged to; most of it by organising golf days,

Director of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, Samantha Kennedy, said: “John has been an inspirational fundraiser for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity for many years. The altruism he has shown in setting himself the personal target of raising the £100k, which represents the full cost of the trial he was on, is matched with the passion and energy he constantly shows which has enabled him to raise more than £200k.

“At any one moment in time there are over 100 separate clinical trials taking place at the Cancer Clinical Trials Centre at Weston Park Hospital, benefitting over 1000 local people and Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity is delighted to support this activity each year. It’s only with the continued support of fundraisers like John that we can commit to this vital and ground-breaking work which is taking place on our doorsteps.”

John is shortlisted in the Charity Fundraiser category of the Pride of Britain awards.

Since the first awards in 1999, royalty, prime ministers, and hundreds of leading figures from showbusiness, sport, politics and the arts have all taken part. Hosted by Carol Vorderman, the Awards attract an audience of around five million viewers every year in a primetime slot on ITV - making it the highest rated awards show of its kind on British television.

Notes to editor

Attached photograph shows John Price.

Please note John is currently on holiday, but can be contacted via Sarah Cross, Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity fundraiser on 07745 544362.

• Weston Park Hospital is one of only a handful of specialist cancer hospitals in England and treats patients from all over South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire – a population of almost 1.8million people.

• Cancer currently affects 1 in every 3 people in the UK and by 2020 it is expected to affect 1 in every 2 of us.

• The cancer charity need to raise over £1.8 million this year to enable the funding of committed and new projects that will keep Weston Park Hospital at the forefront of cancer treatment.

For more information about Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity go to: www.wphcancercharity.org.uk

Media contact at Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity: Samantha Kennedy, chief executive, on 07920 286249

Additional media contact: Kate Betts at Capital B Media on 01226 766900 or 07792 764891 or at kate@capitalbmedia.co.uk

For more information about the Pride of Britain awards go to www.prideofbritain.com

This press release was prepared by Capital B Media, a public relations and media training agency based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. For more details about our PR services, please visit www.capitalbmedia.co.uk

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